Pervert who filmed sex act caught trying to meet 14-year-old boy in Derbyshire
A pervert was caught travelling to Derbyshire to meet a 14-year-old boy by paedophile hunters after himself performing a sex act, a court heard.
Antony Balicki, 65, met the decoy - named Kai – on dating app Romeo and sent Whatsapp messages asking to “kiss and cuddle” him and for pictures of the boy in his pyjamas.
As conversations continued Balicki - who wrote that he was gay and gave “explicit” details of what he “liked to do sexually” - asked to meet for pizza and to “kiss and cuddle”.
Between Jan 11 and 13 last year Lincolnshire man Balicki filmed himself masturbating while “fully dressed” - which was screenshotted by activists.
Prosecutor Esther Harrison told Derby Crown Court how the following day Balicki “had regrets” and wrote “I think I did something really wrong last night”.
However he was confronted by activists later the same day - having travelled from Skegness to Heanor.
Former Derbyshire man Balicki had revealed he planned to travel to the area for a dental appointment - where the hunters were waiting.
Police were called and after viewing the Whatsapp messages on his phone they arrested him.
Judge Jonathan Bennett told Balicki the charges he faced were “attempted” sexual offences because the child was a decoy and not a child”.
However he added: “The serious aspect is what you intended to do and what’s clear to me from hearing these things is that you contacted Kai and initiated sexual conversations.
“You indicated what you would like to do - you also performed a sexual act - it’s disgraceful behaviour on your part.”
Paul Wright, defending, told how Balicki - who had no previous convictions - was “quite embarrassed and ashamed”.
He said: “Mr Balicki is a man who has spent most of his life unable to be open about his sexuality”.
Balicki, of Meadowview, Skegness, admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
He was jailed for 12 months concurrently for each charge suspended for two years with 40 rehabilitation days and given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
He was also fined £10,000 and made to pay £1,200 court costs and £149 victim surcharge.